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Oklahoma woman has lived with stage 4 breast cancer for 25 years

GROVE, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman says she's lived with stage 4 breast cancer for 25 years.

Advanced breast cancer, also known as stage 4 or metastatic breast cancer, used to always mean a short life expectancy.

But not for Vicki Warren.

"She is essentially the model, if we can't cure, of how we want to manage it," Dr. Timothy Pluard with Saint Luke's Cancer Institute told KFOR sister station WDAF.

"The doctor before him said 'I'm done. There's nothing else I can do for you'," Vicki Warren said.

Incredibly, Warren has lived with stage 4 breast cancer for 25 years, from age 32 to 57.

She told WDAF she even continued to work as a hair stylist in Grove, Okla. until just a few months ago.

Since she was diagnosed, the cancer has spread to other parts of her body.

In August, it showed up in her brain.

"I said I'm not ready to give up," Warren told WDAF. "So anyway, I had 12 radiations."

Warren believes her survival has something to do with her personality.

"I'm very hardheaded," she said. "I mean, very hardheaded."

Dr. Pluard said advances in treatment have also helped Warren.

The oncologist said Saint Luke's is opening the Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer, which will utilize the latest treatments along with integrative therapies such as nutrition, exercise and massage to help improve the quality of life for those with advanced breast cancer.